Veggie Yogi

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Spinach and Berry Salad

Tonight seemed like a perfect night for a Spinach salad! I picked up the ingredients on my lunch hour so I could come straight home from the gym and make it. However I forgot that I wanted to include goat cheese and nuts so I had to stop on the way home from the gym to pick them up.

You can imagine my disappointment when I read the ingredients of the only goat cheese they had in the store. It included rennet which is a non-vegetarian ingredient. I didn’t know this until recently, but many cheeses are not actually vegetarian because they are made with rennet. Animal rennet is made from the stomach of newborn calves, lambs and baby goats. It is used to speed coagulation. So you need to be careful when you buy cheese not to buy cheese with animal rennet. You should avoid cheese with rennet, animal rennet or enzymes listed in the ingredients. You can learn more at consumethisfirst. Trader Joe’s also provides a listing of their cheeses with this information clearly defined.

So I settled on macadamia nuts instead of the goat cheese. Then when I got home I Googled macadamia nuts and discovered they are high in fat and low in protein! So even though I  made my salad with macadamia nuts I don’t recommend it. I suggest slivered almonds instead or some goat cheese without animal rennet.

Here are the ingredients you will need:
Freshly washed baby spinach
Sliced strawberries
Slivered almonds and/or crumbled goat cheese

Start by placing spinach in a large bowl

Add sliced strawberries and blueberries.

Add kiwi cut into small pieces and slivered almonds or goat cheese.

Toss and serve!


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